ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Kathleen O`Reilly

May 2003
ISBN: 0-373-69127-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #927
Mass Market Paperback
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Hilary Sinclair’s life revolves around beds. Mattresses to be accurate - MacAllister Mattresses, where she works as an executive. She’s efficient, bright, good at her job, and glad to be away from her ex-fiancé. The youngest son of the MacAllister family is also involved with mattresses, but has temporarily given up his wandering lifestyle to lend a hand during his parents surprise divorce. Ben finds himself surprised by his attraction to prickly and intense Hilary.


This is one fun and lighthearted read. Like many in the Blaze line, it features a delightful couple and their missteps and stumbles on the rocky road to love. But there’s something very appealing about Hilary that pulls the reader in from the first few pages. Whether it’s her uncanny ability to slop her coffee, or her humidity-responsive hair, she’s real, so real that it’s easy to identify with each and every thought, every doubt, and every insecurity she feels.


And of course, Ben’s a yummy charmer. Yet even this gorgeous male has doubts about his abilities. Not on the mattresses, of course, where his talents become obvious, but in the rest of his life. Both are vulnerable, conflicted, and very grounded. It is this fact that refused to let me put this story down, and kept me engrossed.


It’s a hot, funny story, with characters that are warm and passionate. Full of charm and a welcome practicality, this is one ‘Blaze’ novel that is heated and yet totally romantic. A definite recommended read for those who would like that touch of magic in their own everyday lives.


Reviewed in September 2003 by Celia.

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